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Threatened species

Nightcap Plectranthus - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Plectranthus nitidus
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Endangered
Profile last updated: 18 Dec 2020


A small shrub that grows 30 - 150 cm tall and has rounded leaves with serrated edges. Branches are erect and sparsely covered with short hairs. The leaves are scentless, shiny green and almost hairless above and purple below. The flower is a terminal spike up to 35 cm long with clusters of tubular, blue to mauve flowers that have a longer lower lip.


The species occurs within north-east NSW and sout-east Queensland. In NSW it was previously known only from Nightcap National Park near Terania Creek in northern NSW. However, the species has now been recorded as far south as Chaelundi National Park near Nymboida.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows on rocky cliff-faces and boulders, in the shelter and shade provided by the adjacent rainforest and dry rainforest.
  • Co-occurs with Plectranthus graveolens and Crofton Weed.
  • Little is known of the ecology of this species.
  • Flowers from February until May.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastChaelundi Predicted None
NSW North CoastDalmorton Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known None